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Providence Marianwood adds Beds for Patients Transitioning from Hospital to Home

July 10, 2012

Providence Marianwood expands number of
transitional care rehabilitation beds to meet community needs

Issaquah, WA: Responding to a community need, Providence Marianwood in Issaquah and Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle are adding beds to serve patients transitioning from the hospital to their home.

Providence Marianwood in Issaquah has expanded from 29 to 57 transitional care beds, significantly increasing the percentage of transitional care beds from 25 percent to 50 percent of the building. Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle has expanded the number of  transitional care rehabilitation beds from 20 to 58.

“Providence Marianwood has provided skilled nursing care for more than 26 years in the Issaquah/Sammamish area” said Colleen Hardy, Director of Clinical Services at Marianwood. “Over this time patient needs have changed and Marianwood has also changed and evolved to provide the services most needed by older adults in our community. Recently, as the demand has increased for short-stay post-hospitalization skilled nursing and rehabilitation, we have also increased our capacity for providing these services.”

Hardy said that at the same time there is more demand for short-stay in-patient rehabilitation people are choosing to live longer in their own homes. People are putting off a move into assisted or long-term care until they can no longer safely live in their own homes or their medical needs dictate a high level of skilled nursing care that cannot be provided in a private home setting. “As baby boomers are aging, they are demanding a greater number of out-patient options. Entering a nursing home is very low on their list," she said. Transitional care beds allow patients to get the care and rehabilitation services that they need following hospitalization in a short-term in-patient setting and prepares them to safely and successfully return to home.

Additionally, as changes are brought about through health care reform, the increased demand for transitional care will lead to the formation of tighter partnerships with neighboring hospitals to maximize the care-efficiency from acute care to transitional care and then to home settings and will minimize costly re-hospitalization.

Providence Senior and Community Services, the organization that oversees Providence Marianwood, is already well positioned to serve this population. It provides a full range of services to meet all the needs of the aging population post-hospitalization. This includes assisted living facilities, home care, PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), supportive housing, hospice and palliative care, as well as partnerships with other community providers. By establishing a connected system of care and by keeping physicians involved all the way through, the cost of care is expected to decrease without negatively impacting quality of care.

"We look forward to serving the community with newly expanded transitional care units," Hardy said.

About Providence Marianwood: Providence Marianwood enjoys a superior reputation in the community for providing high-quality nursing care with love, compassion and respect for the dignity of all individuals. Operated by Providence Health & Services, Marianwood is the only not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in the Issaquah/Sammamish area. For more information, visit www.providencemarianwood.org.

About Providence Mount St. Vincent: Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle offers older adults a loving home during the transition from independence to increasing reliance on the services, support, and compassion of others. Providence Mount St. Vincent, nationally recognized as a leader in the practice of resident-centered care and culture change in long-term care, is committed to providing programs and services that respect the personal values and dignity of each resident and program participant. For more information, go to www.providence.org/themount.

Cynthia Flash
(425) 603-9520